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FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, file photo, Prime Minister Mark Rute, center left, and Dutch King Willem-Alexander, center, pose with the ministers for the official photo of the new Dutch government on the steps of Royal Palace Noordeinde in The Hague, Netherlands. The Dutch Cabinet was meeting Friday Jan. 15, 2021, amid strong speculation that Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government will resign to take political responsibility for a scandal involving child benefit investigations.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

The buck stops here: Dutch govt quits over welfare scandal

Jan. 15, 2021 10:24 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his entire Cabinet resigned Friday to take political responsibility for a scandal involving investigations into child welfare payments that wrongly labeled thousands of parents as fraudsters. In a nationally televised speech, Rutte said he...

Dutch media report Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government is resigning over scandal involving child welfare fraud probes

Jan. 15, 2021 7:43 AM EST
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch media report Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government is resigning over scandal involving child welfare fraud probes.
FILE- In this March 5, 2017, file photo, Labour Party leader Lodewijk Asscher, center, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, right, and firebrand anti Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, left, shake hands during a visit to De Telegraaf newspaper where six leaders of political parties made a special election edition of the newspaper in Amsterdam. The leader of the Dutch opposition Labour Party said Thursday he will not lead the party into elections in March 2021 and will not stand for re-election, becoming a high-profile victim of a scandal involving child benefit fraud investigations. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Dutch Labor Party leader steps down over welfare scandal

Jan. 14, 2021 7:34 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The leader of the Dutch opposition Labor Party said Thursday he will not lead the party into the Netherlands' March election and will not run for reelection following a scandal involving child benefit fraud investigations. Lodewijk Asscher was minister for social affairs and a...

A man gets a nose and throat swab as residents of Bergschenhoek, Netherlands, take part in a mass coronavirus test of all of the municipality's 62,000 inhabitants starting Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, following a cluster of COVID-19 cases at an elementary school. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Dutch hold mass coronavirus testing amid new variant fears

Jan. 13, 2021 8:21 AM EST

BERGSCHENHOEK, Netherlands (AP) — Residents of a Dutch town filed into a sports hall Wednesday to take part in the country's first mass coronavirus testing program, which aims to find out more about the spread of a new more transmissible coronavirus variant. The makeshift testing center in Bergschenhoek,...

An employee of the Municipal Health Service GGD, right, administers a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a health care worker at a coronavirus vaccination facility in Houten, central Netherlands, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

No choice: Dutch PM extends coronavirus lockdown by 3 weeks

Jan. 12, 2021 1:45 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte extended his country's tough five-week lockdown by a further three weeks Tuesday amid concerns that infection rates are not falling quickly enough and fears about the new more transmissible variant first detected in the United Kingdom. "Almost...

Dutch prosecutors won't investigate scandal-hit tax office

Jan. 7, 2021 8:59 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors declined Thursday to open an investigation into possible discrimination by staff at the country's tax office, saying they found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in a long-running scandal linked to efforts to track down parents fraudulently claiming child...

Shoppers wear masks as they walk around a shopping precinct in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Masks have been made mandatory in shopping centers, on public transport, in entertainment venues such as a cinema, and fines will come into effect on Monday as the state government responds to the COVID-19 outbreak on Sydney's northern beaches, which is suspected to have also caused new cases in neighboring Victoria state. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Australia moves up vaccination start to February

Jan. 6, 2021 11:38 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is advancing the start of its coronavirus vaccination program to mid-February, with plans to inoculate 15% of the population by late March. The government had argued there was no reason for an emergency rollout that cut short usual regulatory processes as has occurred in the...

Healthcare worker Sanna Elkadiri, left, was the first Dutch recipient of a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at a mass vaccination center in Veghel, Netherlands, Wednesday Jan. 6, 2021. Nearly two weeks after most other European Union nations, the Netherlands on Wednesday began its COVID-19 vaccination program, with care home staff and frontline workers in hospitals first in line for the shot. (Piroschka van de Wouw/Pool via AP)

Dutch begin COVID-19 vaccinations; last EU nation to do so

Jan. 6, 2021 5:56 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Nearly two weeks after most other European Union nations, the Netherlands on Wednesday began its COVID-19 vaccination program, with nursing home staff and front-line workers in hospitals first in line for the shot. Sanna Elkadiri, a nurse at a nursing home for people with...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 file photo, staff members wait for in line at a COVID-19 testing facility of the Municipal Health Authority GGD, in Utrecht, Netherlands. The Dutch government came under heavy criticism from lawmakers Tuesday Jan. 5, 2021, for its COVID-19 vaccination plan that only starts to administer its first shots on Wednesday, making it the last European Union nation to begin vaccinations. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Dutch government criticized for late start to vaccinations

Jan. 5, 2021 10:32 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government came under heavy criticism from lawmakers Tuesday over a COVID-19 vaccination plan that has the first shots set to be administered on Wednesday, making the Netherlands the last European Union nation to begin vaccinations. Prime Minister Mark Rutte conceded...

FILE  In this Sunday, July 19, 2020 file photo, Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels. A Dutch parliamentary commission issued a damning report Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 into a scandal in which thousands of parents were wrongly labeled fraudsters by government officials assessing claims for child benefit payments. The report titled “Unprecedented Injustice” was issued following an investigation by a parliamentary committee and public questioning of officials up to and including Prime Minister Mark Rutte into the scandal. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP, File)

Dutch committee issues scathing report into benefit system

Dec. 17, 2020 9:56 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch parliamentary commission issued a damning report Thursday into a scandal in which thousands of parents were wrongly labeled fraudsters by government officials assessing claims for child benefit payments. The report titled “Unprecedented Injustice” was...